TestDaF – “Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache/Test of German as a Foreign Language” is a language test suitable for learners of German at an advanced level of language proficiency who would like to study or work in Germany.

TestDaF is a standardised language test assessing linguistic performance within the context of university life.
TestDaF is administered by a worldwide net of licensed test centres and thus can be taken in the candidate’s home country. The test papers are compiled at the TestDaF Institute and are subject to a centralised evaluation procedure.


The TestDaF provides universally recognised proof of the language skills required for admission to any German university.
Candidates fulfil the requirements for admission to the Ruhr-Universität Bochum if they achieve TDN 4 in all four subtests.

TestDaF examines the following four language skills in separate subtests: reading comprehension, listening comprehension, writing, speaking. An official certificate documents the student’s performance in each of the four subtests.
TestDaF measures several levels of language performance.
Each candidate’s scores are aggregated to determine the candidate’s performance as to one of the following levels:

• TestDaF-Niveaustufe 5 (TDN 5) – TestDaF level 5
• TestDaF-Niveaustufe 4 (TDN 4) – TestDaF level 4
• TestDaF-Niveaustufe 3 (TDN 3) – TestDaF level 3

TDN 5 is the highest level. A score below TDN 3 shows that within this subtest the candidate has not yet reached the lowest level measured by TestDaF.
The TestDaF examination is carried out worldwide; all instructions and questions are in German.

For more information as well as for literature on the test, model tests, examination regulations etc. please refer to the official TestDaF Institute web site: TestDaF-Homepage.

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